A combination of uncertainty over Brexit negotiations and recent cut backs in other areas of police funding has highlighted an opportunity for the private security industry to support public services.
“Brexit is putting an incredible strain on resources of all types across the UK, including the police force, who are preparing contingencies for a host of challenges ahead of March 29. When combined with the selling off of police assets and the reduction in officers on the street it makes life very difficult when it comes to the prevention of criminal activity,” comments Abbey Petkar, managing director of Magenta Security. “I have incredible respect for the police. They are doing a tough job under difficult circumstances and deserve our support.”
Abbey believes that via current contracts and private initiatives, security companies across the UK can deliver for clients whilst partnering the police to highlight and where possible stop criminal activity. “The security industry is incredibly diverse and already working across a host of services to prevent crime. We already support public services by filling gaps and spotting vulnerabilities that opportunists could exploit. A partnership-based relationship with the police will do nothing but improve this,” continues Abbey. “For those of us carrying the proper certification there is even the opportunity to directly support public services, supplementing their workforce where needed.”
Ultimately, Abbey believes there is a significant opportunity for the private sector to support public services and give back to the wider community. This is ever more true as the SIA works to professionalise and improve the quality of output from across the sector. Public safety should, in Abbey’s opinion, be the responsibility of all, not just the few hardworking police officers.